@jlakely / Global Warmening / Arizona Religious Freedom Bill / DoD Budget / Quick Hits / Moron Mailbag

Jim Lakely, Kommunications Direktor of the eeeevilll reich-wing think tank The Heartland Institute joins Ace, Gabe, Drew and John to discuss Heartland’s work debunking catastrophic manmade global warming. They move on to the Arizona religious freedom bill, the proposed 2015 DoD budget, quick hits and questions from the Moron Mailbag.

Special Edition: @ConsWahoo on the 2015 DoD Budget

The administration presented its proposed Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Department Budget this week and it sent shockwaves through the national security world. While the Ryan-Murray budget deal eased the impact of the sequester cuts somewhat, we are now seeing the full impact of previous rounds of Obama defense reductions and it’s not pretty.

The Army will have its numbers cut to levels not seen since prior to WWII. Other cuts include, retirement of the Air Force’s venerable A-10 Warthog and the Navy will begin the process of losing a carrier, temporarily cut it’s cruiser fleet in half and reduce the number of Littoral Combat Ships ordered from 52 hulls to 32 over the life of the project.

This is all just the administration’s proposal and still has to pass through Congress. But that’s trickier than it has been in the past with the decline of the hawkish wing of the GOP and the rise of budget cutters.

And beyond the domestic impact of the budget fight there’s the reason for all of this…foreign threats.

To navigate these murky and turbulent waters I spoke with defense analyst Bryan McGrath. Bryan is a retired naval officer who spent more than 25 years on active duty and was the lead strategist/author of the Navy’s 2007 Maritime Strategy. Since his retirement he’s written on defense issues in several places including the Navy oriented blog, Information Dissemination and is currently Managing Director of the defense industry consulting firm The FerryBridge Group. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Among the topics discussed:
-How we’ve gotten to this point in budgeting

-The realities of our political system drive up defense spending by putting parochial interests ahead of sound decision making.

-The political challenge for the Republican coalition that is becoming less hawkish and more budget conscious (with bonus John McCain bashing).

-The non-interventionist case for investing in sea power and for dealing with the expected next big challenge…China.

It runs about 30 minutes but it’s time well spent if defense issues and how they impact the intra-GOP battles are of any interest to you.

@ConArtCritic / @AoSHQDD & Polling / Wendy Davis’ Very Bad Week – The Series / Amanda Knox / Quick Hits / Moron Mailbag

Coblogger CAC joins Ace, Gabe & John to discuss the state of play in the 2014 polls, the HQ’s election coverage plans, and various races around the country. They move on to discuss Amanda Knox, a few quick hits and some Moron Mailbag questions.